The Pastoral Is Political: #BurnCandlesNotRainbows

Chicago Priest Burns Rainbow Banner: On Sept. 14, Father Paul Kalchik, priest at Resurrection Catholic Church in the neighborhood of Avondale in Chicago took a church banner that displayed a rainbow and a cross, cut it into pieces, and burned it in the Easter Vigil fire pit in front of a few congregation members. In… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Prayer for Pride

Holy One, Today I was reminded again what I keep forgetting. That this kind of Pride, the Pride for which we march, the Pride we celebrate, has an opposite, too. This Pride’s opposite is not humility, it is shame. So we gather and we march and we revel not because we lack humility. But because we stand… Read More

Not an “Issue”

One of the hardest parts about being a person of faith committed to justice is when basic human dignity is made a political issue. Transgender people are not an “issue,” and their humanity is not up for debate. Transgender people, like all other people, are human beings, created in the image of God, deserving of… Read More

Friday Prayer: I Beg

Oh, God- I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened. In the midst of grief and fear, frustration and pain, despondency and despair, I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened.   As I continue to press that Black Lives Matter, that vaginas are not second-class reproductive organs, that LGBTQ people… Read More

RevGals Anti-Racism Project: “Trouble I’ve Seen,” Week 8

“The more that white people killed and displaced Native Americans, the more they sought to shackle and bring over black bodies. The presence of the original hosts of the land constituted a threat to white identity and the sense of America as a ‘white country.’” Drew G.I. Hart, Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political

Adapted from the remarks I gave at the first-ever LGBTQ Pride event in Rochester, NH When I was in high school, friends wondered at my participation in a faith that they saw as exclusionary. Specifically: how could a queer person participate in a religion that excluded gays? I didn’t understand, then; I was lucky, in my… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: “Are y’all queer?”

My straight sister-in-law shared a meme on Facebook the other day, asking people to name their first gay bar, as a sign of solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Pulse shooting. She used to work at Disney as a performer; her first was the Parliament House in Orlando, Florida. A confession: I’ve never… Read More